Get All Dressed Up
Michael Jackson. Trend spotters say his face will be everywhere you look this coming year, and why not? It certainly has a ghostly aspect, although one wonders how all the would-be Michaels will manage the nose. But if your idea of a good time doesn't include wearing the face and makeup of a celebrity who died a sudden, tragic death, or you already did the Heath Ledger thing last year, maybe you should lighten things up with a costume from Star Trek. In any event, a Saturday-night Halloween makes this year's holiday all the more special, and there are plenty of events leading up to the big day.
ACE Community Theatre
17011 Bamwood, 281-587-1020
Enjoy a revival of cult classic musical The Rocky Horror Show at ACE Community Theatre. Purchase a favor bag to participate in the show. On Halloween night, come in costume for a kitschy rock and roll "sci-fi gothic" event. The party starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at midnight on October 17 and Halloween night. The price is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Through October 31.
Discover Houston Tours
912 Prairie, 713-222-9255
Listen to true tales and urban legends on this nighttime walking tour in the Downtown Historic District featuring: Ghosts of Spaghetti Warehouse, Ghosts of The Confederacy, Charlie Chaplin at the Isis, The Hanging Oak, and The Barmaid's Best Friend. Tickets are $30. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. at Discover Houston Tours, 912 Prairie. The tour goes from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be free happy hour appetizers, $3 beer and $3 well drinks at the Isis, as well as a 30-minute rest stop at Landry's Downtown Aquarium. Everyone will receive a copy of Sandra Lord's Short Guide to the Paranormal. Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends, except at specially marked meters. The dates of the tours are October 15 through 17, 22 through 23, 29 and 31.
Galveston Historical Foundation
During October, Galveston's haunted history is explored in three intriguing tours. During the Ashton Villa "Are We Haunted?" Tour, find out if the villa's haunted by the spirit of "Miss Bettie," the daughter of the house's first owner, James Moreau Brown. The tour also features the restoration in progress on the ground-floor level, follows damage by Hurricane Ike, and explores the undamaged second floor. The Haunted Harbor Excursion is a look at the water and waterfront. For this tour, trained GHF guides present a fascinating, frightening look at the many tragic events that have occurred in and around Galveston Harbor, all while aboard the 50-foot passenger boat Seagull II. There's also a "Spirits of the Past" Cemetery Tour. Ashton Villa's "Are We Haunted?" Tour: Fridays at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. and 3 and 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Haunted Harbor Tours aboard Seagull II: Fridays and Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and October 30 and 31 at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Haunted Cemetery Tours: October 29, 30 and 31 at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Dr., John P. McGovern Building, 713-942-7054
Through November 1, The Health Museum will be hosting its first annual Siege of the Skeletons, a community art project featuring papier-mâché skeletons submitted by teams from all over Houston. Tuesdays through Saturdays, the hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Visit the museum before October 22 to vote for your favorite skeleton, then come back October 29 to see if your pick wins. Skeletons also will be judged by Texas Medical Center partners and museum professionals. Viewing the skeletons is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.
6200 Golf Course Dr., 713-533-6713
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Houston Zoo for Zoo Boo, Houston's largest family-friendly Halloween, which will run five days this year. Enjoy safe Halloween trick-or-treating, music and fun activities with a "naturally wild" twist Saturdays and Sundays, October 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick a "child-size" pumpkin to paint and decorate from the Fiesta Mart Pumpkin Patch; participate in the costume parade; channel your inner artist and contribute to the Cooper Tools Monster Mural; or visit the Gardere Wynne Sewell Tatzoo Parlor for a spooktacular temporary tattoo. All this, and there'll be Halloween-themed Meet the Keeper Talks and the animal-themed Trunk-or-Treat candy stations. All Zoo Boo activities are included with paid zoo admission. Zoo Boo is free for zoo members. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $6 for children ages two to 11 and free for children under two. Visit the courtesy booth at your neighborhood Fiesta Mart and purchase an adult zoo admission for $8 and a child zoo admission for $5.
813 Congress, 713-229-9399
La Carafe will be holding theatrical séances Sundays at 8 p.m. through October 31.
Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street, 713-528-5858
For more than 20 years, Lawndale Art Center has presented an annual open-call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum-quality setting. This year's celebration goes from October 19 to November 7 and includes such events as the Retablo Exhibition and Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Volunteers and sponsors are needed.
2225 North Sam Houston Pkwy. West,713-914-1313
Promising to scare the "yell" out of you, ScreamWorld kicks off the Halloween haunt season as the longest-running haunted attraction in Houston. ScreamWorld is a fright factory comprised of three haunted houses, an outdoor maze and cemetery, and eight new terrorizing scenes certain to get your blood flowing. Along with The Haunted Hotel, Edge of Darkness, Movie Monsters, Maze of Maniacs and The Tobias Strange Family Cemetery, newer attractions include The Maniacal Mausoleum, Farm House Bedroom of Death, The Torture Chamber and the Evil Emergency Room, Cave of Skulls and The Catacombs. The park opens at 7:30 p.m. October 15 through 18, 22 through 25, and 27 through 31. General admission tickets are $25 per person to visit the five haunted attractions, and $35 for a VIP Fast Pass, with no waiting in line. Sundays are Family Nights, with tickets just $20, and Thursdays are Student Nights, with tickets at $18 if students show a valid ID.
The Texas Repertory Theatre Co.
14243 Stuebner Airline Rd., 281-583-7573
The fifth-anniversary showing of The Little Shop of Horrors at Texas Repertory Theatre plays four performances a week through Halloween night, October 31. One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies is full of soaring pop-rock music, lovable comic characters and a man-eating plant from outer space, so don't miss this opportunity.
Under the Volcano
2349 Bissonnet, 713-526-5282
Under the Volcano will be celebrating Oktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. There will be Oktoberfest specials on beer served in one-liter German steins every day, and bratwurst served with Oma's sauerkraut and potato salad every Thursday through Sunday until the last week in October.
Saturday, October 24
JD's Sports Bar and Billiards
850 McKee Street, 713- 225-1233
From noon to 2 a.m. the next morning, JD's is hosting a costume contest with first, second and third place for the scariest movie actor, with a DJ playing music all night long. No cover.
Sunday, October 25
Sea Center Texas
300 Medical Drive, 979-292-0100
www.tpwd.state.tx.us/seacenterTo provide local families with a safe, enjoyable trick-or-treat experience, Sea Center Texas will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday, October 25. From 1 to 3 p.m., visitors will be able to enjoy numerous craft activities, games and live animal displays. Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. A costume contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. and several contest prizes will be awarded. About 300 children are expected to participate. Admission to Sea Center Texas is free. A $5 supply fee is charged if participants choose to complete the craft activities.
403 W. Gray, 713-520-6896
Although there will be a pre-bash on October 30, Halloween night is where the action is. Byzantio will be celebrating with a costume contest starting at 9 p.m.
5102 Navigation, 832-426-4624
Halloween Midnight Movie Madness will be held at Frenetic Theater when independent horror films voted in on the Freneticore Web site will be shown.
4212 Washington, 713-868-5688
The Lot will be celebrating Halloween with "Boogie Nights." Come dressed to impress in your best costume, as there will be many prizes given away on both nights and a $100 bar tab for the best costume. No cover.
300 Westheimer, 713-526-6551
Friday this year brings a cash prize costume contest, as well as a performance by DJ Wes Wallace as part of the original and most attended '80s night in town. There will be 75-cent Bud on tap all night. Well drinks will be $1.50, and domestics will be $1.75 until 11 p.m. Doors open at 9:15 p.m.; 18 and up. Saturday brings The 14th Industrial Underground Vampire Ball with Chant and Bozo Porno Circus, as well as a special performance by Dominion and the Borg Queen. There will also be a costume contest with big prizes. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar
1201 Fannin, 713-337-7383
Pete's will be hosting an all-request, sing-along, dueling piano show. The event will be on October 30 and 31, starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Showtime is at 8 p.m. There is a $7 cover. Anyone in costume gets a free drink.
707 N. Shepherd, suite 500, 832-863-3275
Wonderwild, Houston's first arts-themed party playground for kids, is opening its doors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with live bands, a children's costume parade, art activities and musical performances. The party continues on Saturday, October 31, with a little monsters' disco featuring DJ Spooky Pants. Adults are free to enter. Walking kids are $15 and nonwalkers are $13. Tickets must be purchased before the event by calling 832-863-3275 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Wonderwild is an art gallery and education center for kids and parents, a birthday party facility and an indoor playground.
Friday, October 30
Houston Press Halloween Party
The Houston Press Halloween Party will take place at the House of Blues Friday, October 30, in the Bronze Peacock Room. This is a FREE SHOW featuring The Flamin' Hellcats and spooky spins late into the witching hours. Pick up your free tickets starting October 9 at Momentum Audi and Momentum Volkswagen. Ticket will include access to the "Members Only" Foundation Room. There will also be a $1,000 costume contest with $500 in cash and $500 in prizes.
3111 Chimney Rock, 713-784-2653
The band 3 Peace will be playing at9 p.m., followed by a costume contest at midnight. There will be cash and prizes as well as drink specials all night.
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose, 713-284-8250
Celebrate Halloween a day early by joining in at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston — costumes are encouraged but not mandatory — for Steel Lounge Underground. Presented with DJ Pooks and Josh Zulu, this event brings together musical artists representing a variety of genres. The audience is free to explore the exhibitions on view while enjoying the music. This month's talented lineup: Badbwoy BMC, Little Martin, and a live performance by Peekaboo Theory. There is no charge for admission. Cash bar.
1200 Durham, 713-864-5600
Zydeco Dots will be performing at 7 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 9 p.m. The deadline to sign up is 8 p.m. There will be prizes as well as food and drink specials.
Ragin Cajun Sugar Land
16100 Kensington, 281-277-0704
Ragin Cajun holds its Third Annual Halloween Party, which includes a costume contest with a $100 prize. And, for a limited time, red snapper and rock lobster will be going for $5. The party runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and entrance is free. A DJ will be spinning all night long.
Saturday, October 31
1100 Westheimer, 713-523-7217
Chances' Halloween evening will include the Kari K Band live and a costume contest for cash.
Fitzgerald's in the Heights
2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838
Fitzgeralds will be hosting its West of Dread Halloween Party: A Space Oddity, complete with Neon Light Extravaganza. Tickets are $15 and costumes are required (fluorescent is best).There will be live bands, fortune tellers and face painting, all complemented by a late-night free buffet and a cash bar.
3416 Roseland Street, 713-528-9912
There will be a Halloween Party from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Isla Ixtapa Mexican and Seafood Restaurant
12225 Westheimer, 832-379-1717
Triple-the-Treat specials of the night include: free kids' brownie to all kids in costume, 95-cent margaritas to all adults in costume, and a $25 gift certificate to whomever wins for best adult costume. 5 to 10 p.m.
801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010
Lucky's Pub is teaming up with Warehouse Live to bring back a newer, even better version of the annual Pimp and Prostitute Ball. This year's event will feature live music from Minikiss, and starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m. There'll be multiple DJs spinning, as well as a $4,000 costume contest, with prizes for Pimp of the Year, Classiest Ho and Best Overall Costume. Although the theme is Pimp and Ho, you can wear any costume you want. You must sign up by 10 p.m. to be in the contest. They'll be serving your favorite malt liquor, and $3 beers all night long. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
1900 Kane St., 713-802-9370
This October 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and November 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Multicultural Education and Counseling proudly presents "Día de los Muertos: Honoring our Past, Celebrating Our Future." This event features Día de los Muertos celebrations from throughout Latin America, with an altar exhibit competition, foods from the Americas, vendors selling authentic Latin American Día de los Muertos arts and crafts, and a Calavera Fashion Show.
2200 Southwest Freeway, 716-528-6399
Mezzanine Lounge presents Zombie Prom, complete with a commemorative prom photo, extreme karaoke, and undead drink specials of $3.50. There will be a $100 costume contest, so go ahead and dress up so you can vie for prom king, prom queen, or best group.
5925 Almeda Road, 281-213-9554
Come to the Masquerades and Martinis costume party at Mosaic for a chance to win the prize for best individual costume or best couples costume at this party, complete with food from Crave Gourmet Bakery, Catered Café, Madison Ave. Catering and Langstead Catering. The party will also feature DJ Smooth, and the proceeds will go toward benefiting Kipp Polaris Academy for Boys. $25 per person in advance; $40 at the door. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
2800 Travis, 713-522-4900
The evening will include a performance by Guns4Roses (The Ultimate Guns N' Roses Tribute Experience) at 9 p.m. and a special guest DJ on the roof under the stars and skyline. $2 drafts, domestics and $5 you-call-it's.
2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521
There will be a free-form costume contest starting at 10 p.m., as well as entertainment courtesy of The Meat Puppets, Those Darlins, and Nasty Stach. The cost is listed as "cheap."
18307 Egret Bay Boulevard, 281-335-0002
Halloween at Scout Bar will feature the bands Erase The Virus, Dented, and 12 Gauge. There will be a costume contest at midnight with cash and prizes. Entrance is $5 for 21 and up; $10 for 18 to 20. The doors will open at 8 p.m.
Sherlock's Pub will be hosting costume contests at all its locations.
810 Pacific Street, 713-529-7623
Here's an unusual one for you: head over to South Beach this Halloween to join in for the First Annual High Heel Drag Race. It starts at 9 p.m., entrance is free, and there's a chance to win prizes.
Third Annual Montrose Pub Crawl
Break out your costumes and get ready for a blast, because it's time for the Montrose Pub Crawl. Participants will get dressed up for the occasion and meet at Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, at 6 p.m. From there, the crawlers will head up Westheimer to bars such as Poison Girl, Boondocks, Anvil, Etro Lounge, Catbirds and finally Slick Willie's around midnight. All crawlers will enjoy drink specials and the opportunity to take part in the costume contest for the Grand Prize, the winner of which will be decided at the last stop. A portion of all drink sales will go to the Houston Area Women's Center.
5705 Richmond, 832-251-8400
There are more than 1,000 costumes to choose from, hundreds of stockings and other accessories available including handbags, hats and shoes. This is the exclusive provider of Trashy-brand costumes in Houston, and it also offers a large selection of men's costumes and women's plus-size costumes and accessories.
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